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Water, water, everywhere yet …

IMG_7982A maze of pipes: A resident of Kachoe lam, above pension colony, fixes a broken pipe that has become a daily routine for those outside the thromde’s water grid

… many localities in the capital struggle on a daily basis to get their fair share Resource: Water shortage continues to plague Thimphu, with some pockets of the city still not having access to reliable water supply. Some parts of Changzamtog, Chang Gedaphu and the colony above pension colony, known as Kachoe lam, still manage their own water supply, as they are not covered by the thromde’s water supply grid. However, with increasing settlement in these areas, people fight for water to the extent of [... Read More]

School turns spotlight on parenting

IMG_2462Parents share lunch with their children

MLSS: Students and parents of Mongar lower secondary school (MLSS) learnt vital lessons from the parenting week that ended on April 10. The school’s vice principal Karma Wangdi said the programme was to make parents aware of different kinds of common learning disabilities, to help parents look for ways to support and guide their children at home, and to enable a continuity and consistency of support provided at school and at home.

Thai ministry provides cheese-processing equipment

DSC_7302Agriculture minister inspects the equipment

Donation: The livestock development department and Dairy Farming Promotion Organisation  of Thailand donated cheese-processing equipment worth about USD 5,000 to the agriculture ministry yesterday. The livestock development department’s director general, Dr Ayuth Harintharanon, handed over the equipment that has a capacity of 60 litres of milk to produce six kilogrammes of cheese to the agriculture minister Yeshey Dorji. Agriculture ministry’s head of highland development programme, Towchu Rabgay, said the equipment would be tested, if suitable for highlanders, after which it would be decided which highland [... Read More]

OAG convinces court to seek names of ghost labourers

DSC07069The witnesses wait outside the court to testify on April 10

Initially, witness testimony was accepted without households being identified  Lhakhang karpo: After accepting the lapon’s earlier statement, the Haa district court has now asked him to name households that provided workers for the Lhakhang Karpo conservation project. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) submitted on April 9 that the court should not consider or accept testimonies of 14 witnesses, who failed to name the persons they had worked for. “It isn’t possible for the person to forget who worked on his or her behalf,” [... Read More]

Linking the last five

IMG_5028Far flung: Lunana is one of the few gewogs not connected to internet because of its remoteness

A handful of gewogs presents the ultimate challenge to the goal of national connectivity  Internet: To obtain a birth or death certificate, residents of Lunana have to walk 10 days to the Gasa administrative headquarters.  The return journey is another 10-day walk. Additionally, the journey is only possible during the summer months, when the passes are not snowed under. While mobile connectivity, recently introduced, has helped to some degree in speeding up certain administrative processes, there are limitations. For instance, when the minutes of a [... Read More]

PM discusses health, education and tourism with Sri Lanka

3guard-of-honorLyonchoen with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay during his four-day visit to Sri Lanka discussed matters related to education, health, and tourism. A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed for Foreign Office Consultation between the acting foreign secretary of Bhutan and Sir Lanka’s foreign secretary. Lyonchoen was on an official visit to Sri Lanka from April 9 to 12 on the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena. Lyonchoen was presented with a guard of honour at the Presidential Secretariat with 19 gun salutes. President Maithripala Sirisena also hosted a [... Read More]

Some Pasakha industries miss March 31 deadline

DSC_0261One of the Pasakha factories

However, most have completed most of what was called for, viz., installation of GCPs Pollution: Almost two weeks after missing the deadline set by the National Environment Commission (NEC), about four industries in Pasakha haven’t still completed installing the gas cleaning plant (GCP) to control pollution from fugitive emission. Whether these industries in Pasakha are to face any action for missing the March 31 deadline will be decided this week. Most of the industries’ officials said they failed to complete the installation of GCPs within [... Read More]

Gewog boundary becomes bone of contention

DSC01592The tussle over the boundary turned for worse after the community forest was formed

One’s community forest is claimed by the other as pastureland Highland: The highlanders of Merak and people of Phongmey are at loggerheads over the boundary demarcation between the two gewogs. The yak herders need pastures for their cattle.  The adjoining gewog, Phongmey, is turning more forests into community forests, forcing cattle out of the locally protected areas.  Villagers of Phongmey claims that the border boundary runs until a point, known to the locals as Shingboto, above the Phongmey community forest (CF); the highlanders claim their [... Read More]

Early golden mahseer data shows great promise

surgeryDr David P Philipp and Julie E. Claussen perform a surgery to implant a tag in a mahseer

The team presented its month-long work progress to agriculture officials yesterday Ecology: Biologists, who are conducting the first golden mahseer conservation and management project in the country, said initial data showed the samples are live and active. But, the project team also discovered ‘a lot of evidence’ of fishing, such as gill netting, nets and other instruments to catch fish along the river. The team was presenting its work progress to agriculture officials on April 10, a month after the project began.

Interim centre to be ready by this June

IMG_4505The upcoming interim centre in Chokhor, Bumthang

Work in progress on Bayul Dewaling is a month ahead of schedule GNH: With 70 percent of construction work completed, an interim space for Bayul Dewaling, Bhutan’s Centre for Gross National Happiness (GNH) in Dhingdhima, Bumthang could be in place by the end of June this year. The centre’s procurement officer, Pema Namgyel said the work progress is ahead by over a month. Construction of an interim space on less than 0.5 acres of land on the left bank of Chamkharchu  started on September 5 [... Read More]

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